England vs Montenegro: Match preview
England will host Montenegro in the penultimate round of qualifying for Euro 2020. Having beaten Bulgaria 0-6 away England will enter this match with confidence, while Montenegro in this group has not yet won, with three defeats in last five qualifying matches.
England team news:
This is a big moment for the England football team, who will play in their 1000th international match on Thursday, where they will confirm their qualifications for Euro 2020. England needs only a point, but they will want a strong final in the group to try to get what better draw in the 2020 tournament this month.
There has been a great improvement in Gareth Southgate’s England performance compared to his predecessors. However, Southgate had a challenge this week to convince their players to be on the same side, following that feud between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez on Monday.
England is currently at the top of their group with four points ahead of Kosovo in the standings. They have won 17 of their last 18 competitive matches at home and this is the kind of series that will make England the main favorites to win the Euro in 2020.
Jordan Henderson is suspended while Raheem Sterling was banned for that confrontation with Joe Gomez.
Probable lineup: Pickford; Trippier, Maguire, Mings, Chilwell; Winks, Maddison, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sancho, Rashford, Kane
Montenegro team news:
This was an extremely poor qualifying campaign for Montenegro, which has already been eliminated as far as the 2020 European Championship is concerned. They are not expected to be involved in the barrage, while now they have to look towards the future and how to rebuild a team that will fight the biggest teams in major competitions.
After seven games played in the group, Montenegro is looking to avoid finishing at the bottom of the standings. They have won just three points, just as much as Bulgaria. Goals have been a big problem for Montenegro in this campaign, with eight points behind Kosovo in third place showing how bad these qualifications were for the country.
Montenegro have won only one of their last 10 games, while they have been defeated in three of the last four at the Euro 2020 qualifiers. They lost two away games against the Czech Republic and Kosovo. Montenegro has now been defeated in three of its last four away games.
Probable lineup: Petkovic; Vesovic, Lagator, Simic, Radunovic; Hocko, Vukcevic; Boljevic, Jovovic, Haksabanovic; Mugosa
Regardless of the fact that Sterling will not play in this match, we believe that the England team has enough quality to beat Montenegro with more goals difference. It is not a question of the winner in this match, but rather the question of how many hosts will score goals.
Montenegro had a terrible campaign in these qualifications, they still did not win the match and this agony will continue here.
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